52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #16 – Victor Bianchi (1908 – 2006), Almost a Centenarian

Posted on April 21, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History
Obituary of Victor F. Bianchi published in the Mt. Carmel News Item on Dec 13, 2006 (Mt. Carmel, Kulpmont, Strong & Atlas are in Northumberland Co., PA)

Obituary of Victor F. Bianchi published in the Mt. Carmel News Item on Dec 13, 2006 (Mt. Carmel, Kulpmont, Strong & Atlas are in Northumberland Co., PA)

 

The theme for this week’s 52 Ancestors post is “Live Long.”  The oldest relative I can find in my database is Victor Bianchi, my 1st cousin 1x removed, who according to his obituary died at the age of 98 in 2006. The obituary pretty much says it all. I have not found any solid evidence of military service, although I found some WWII Marine Rosters but so far, I am unable to determine if this Victor F. Bianchi is my relative due to lack of identifying information.

Last year I did a post titled “Who Is Victor Bianchi,” where I describe my search to identify Victor’s real parents. He was raised by his grandmother and I discovered he was the son of her daughter Mary Bianchi. Mary gave birth to Victor when she was sixteen. Mary eventually married but Victor remained with his grandmother until he married. Today I found Victor’s birth certificate, which identified his father as Albano Burrotti of Austria.

 

Birth Certificate for Victor Bianci [Bianchi]

Birth Certificate for Victor Bianci [Bianchi]

 

Victor and his wife celebrated 73 anniversaries and died within 2 years of each other. He was survived by two siblings, a daughter and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A long and blessed life.

 

Week 16 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #15 – Bonaventura Bianchi (1855 – 1906), the Name Game

Posted on April 17, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History
Unverified photo of Bonaventura Bianchi (l.) and Maria Bunt (r.) with two of their children

Unverified photo of Bonaventura Bianchi (l.) and Maria Bunt (r.) with two of their children

 

The theme for this week’s 52 Ancestors post is “How Do You Spell That.” Bonaventura Bianchi is my nominee because, hands down, he has the most variants to his name and was the most difficult to find because of it.

He was named Ventura Bianchi on his death certificate. According to said death certificate, Bonaventura Bianchi was born 12 Jun 1855 in Italy.  He died 25 Dec 1906 at the age of 51 of Coal Miner’s Asthma or Black Lung. He and Mary Bunt (who came in a close second on the name variant game) were married prior to immigrating to the US on 1 Dec 1888 with their young family.  They came to the US on the ship SS Noordland out of Antwerp, Belgium with four children-one an infant.  They had been living in Dudelingen, Belgium.  Mary was about four months pregnant with her fifth child, who was born in New York City in May 1889.

Therefore, Bonaventura Bianchi, who is my paternal great-grandfather, only appeared in the 1900 US census.  I could not find him or his family in this census for many years. I finally resorted to browsing the enumeration districts. In this case, the enumerator recorded the last half of his first name as the family surname and an incorrectly spelled version of his last name as his first name so the entire family was indexed as Vantura. His name was listed as Biancpi Vantura.

In addition to Bonaventura and Biancpi, other variants I have found for his given name include: Bonaventure, B., Vinton, Victor, Bona-Ventura, I., Ventura, and Walley. Altogether the surname variants I have found are Bianchi, Vantura, Bianki, Beanki and Bianche. It probably would have not done any good to ask him how to spell his name since he could neither read nor write.

Locations associated with Bonaventura are Italy, poss. Bohemia, Austria, Luxemburg, Germany, Prussia and New York, USA.  When the family left New York, they settled in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, finally ending up in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania by the mid-1890s.

 

 

Week 15 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #14 – The Bianchi Women, My Favorite Photo

Posted on April 7, 2015 in 52Ancestors, Family History
Photo taken of Mary Bunt Bianchi and her seven living daughters circa 1920

Photo taken of Mary Bunt Bianchi and her seven living daughters circa 1920

 

I can’t explain why but this photo, of all the photos I have of my family, draws me to it time and time again. It was in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our parents. The only person we ever really knew in this photo was my grandmother, Anna Bianchi Furlani.

Mary Bunt Bianchi (1865 – 1944), my great-grandmother, had fourteen children, of which eleven lived.  All were born in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Mary’s husband, Bonaventura Bianchi died in 1906. As of 1910, there were four surviving sons. The seven surviving daughters were from oldest to youngest:

  • Christine Theresa Bianchi Concini, (1883 – 1940)
  • Violet Josephine Bianchi Bridi, (1889 – unknown)
  • Mary Bianchi Pieri, (1893 – 1958)
  • Anna Bianchi Furlani (1894 – 1973)
  • Lucy Bianchi Bailoni (1897 – 1978)
    Helen Bianchi Ficca (1900 – 1939)
  • Margaret Bianchi Socoloski (1902 – 1975)

I do not have any information as to the occasion of this photo. It was still pasted into its frame but there was no photographer name or any writing on either side of the photo. I am guessing about the date of the photo. My grandmother married in 1911, when she was seventeen. I have her wedding phot and she definitely looks older in this photo.

I have spent a lot of time trying to match a name to the face. Here is my best guess so far:

  • Front row, left to right are Anna Bianchi Furlani, Mary Bunt Bianchi, Helen Bianchi Ficca and Margaret Bianchi Socoloski.
  • Back row, left to right are Christine Teresa Bianchi Concini, Violet Josephine Bianchi Bridi, Mary Bianchi Pieri and Lucy Bianchi Bailoni.

I would be very grateful if anyone can confirm or correct any of my guesses, so please leave a comment.

 

Week 14 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 13 – My Strausser Project, Securing Research Data and Reviewing the Journey

Posted on April 2, 2015 in Genealogy Do-Over

This is the final week of the Genealogy Do-Over and the end of the journey. I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls.

My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser; trace Peter Strausser and his known descendants in the hopes of finding some living descendants who may be able to provide me with some knowledge of this family; and determine the parents of Peter Strausser.

Our topics for Week 13 of the Genealogy Do-Over

 Securing Research Data

 “All-In” and Modified Participant Options: Seriously consider creating an action plan for both backing up your genealogy research data and ensuring that it is preserved for future generations.

In his Week 13 Genealogy Do-Over post, Thomas MacEntee shared some tips on backing up your genealogy data and future proofing your genealogy research. Thank you, Thomas.

What I Plan to Do:  I am happy with my current back up process. Like Thomas I follow the 3-2-1 plan: 3 copies of my data, 2 different backup media and 1 online backup. Both my external hard drive and online backup processes are automated. Once a month, I copy my genealogy file and my client data to a flash drive.

I am remiss in future proofing my genealogy research. In fact, I have severely neglected my entire estate planning process. I have been participating in a blog challenge called “52 Ancestors.” I completed 52 posts in 2014 and I am now writing posts for the 2015 edition. For this topic, I have dedicated my posts to stories about my own ancestors. I am thinking of putting a tree online.

Reviewing the Journey

Modified Participant Options: Evaluate how the Genealogy Do-Over has improved your research habits even in a “review” perspective of your existing research.

I found it refreshing to review my processes and methodologies. Even though I do client work in addition to my family research, I think everyone needs a little to step back and try to look at their current practices with a new eye and to review what other genealogists are doing, which provides me with tips and new practices to implement.

While, I have not started my actual do-over research, I am comfortable that I now have an updated methodology in place, documented processes and an up-to-date to-do list—all resulting from the last thirteen weeks of this journey.

I want to thank Thomas MacEntee for leading us in this journey. I would also like to thank all the participants who willing shared their ideas, processes and methods so willingly to the benefit of us all.

I am happy that I participated in this journey and sorry that it is over.  Due to commitments, I am unable to participate in Cycle 2, but may pop back in on some future cycle.

 

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The Genealogy Do-Over journey is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers. Week 13 (27 March – 3 April 2015) #WK13GenealogyDoOver

 

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #13 – Meet the Not So Honorable William T. Meisberger (1869 – 1929)

Posted on March 30, 2015 in 52 Ancestors

This ancestor definitely behaved in a manner different than what they “should” have done. I am speaking about my maternal great-grand uncle, William Theodore Meisberger.

He was born, the son of Theobald C. Meisberger and Mary Catherine Strausser, on 12 November 1869 in Brady, Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  The town of Brady became Johnson City and finally Ranshaw.  Ranshaw is now a suburb of Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Based on the 1900 will of Theobald Meisberger, William inherited a lot with a house in Coal Township.  The following deed that I acquired several years ago shows that this lot is sold by William at a Sheriff’s sale in 1910.

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Books, Book 152, Page 727, Wm. T. Meisberger by William Taby Sheriff to John J. Roach, 10 May 1910; Recorder of Deeds, Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, PA.

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Deed Books, Book 152, Page 727, Wm. T. Meisberger by William Taby Sheriff to John J. Roach, 10 May 1910; Recorder of Deeds, Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, PA.

 

I discovered why…

I was idly checking out some of the various newspaper sites to see if anything new popped up so I entered the surname Meisberger, which resulted in numerous hits.  I expected to see articles in Shamokin city or Sunbury county newspapers since that is where my Meisberger family resided.

Instead, the results were for newspapers in other parts of Pennsylvania, in Virginia and even in Texas.  I am so happy I viewed each one (take home lesson your ancestor may appear in non-local papers—even out-of-state).  I found my first black sheep.

In 1908, Wm. T. Meisberger was sued for $10,000 for breach of promise.  According to one article, a three-day honeymoon was disturbed when a Miss Rebecca Metz filed suit for breach of promise against her neighbor, William Meisberger, a prominent member of the Coal township school board.  Miss Metz stated that he courted her over 20 years, that they were engaged and that he was the father of her son. Meanwhile, William had recently met and married a woman from Ashland, Schuylkill County, PA.  William was apparently receiving guests in his home, congratulating him on his marriage, when he was arrested.

The articles are fascinating telling the story of this lawsuit, which was finally settled in 1910. Miss Metz was awarded $3,000 forcing William to sell his lot in the Sheriff’s sale to insure she received her monies.  In this article, William was now a former Coal township school director.  Another article stated that William was also a prominent physician, but the 1909 Boyd’s Shamokin city directory and his death certificate lists him as a laborer in the coal mines.  The various articles listed the length of this courtship anywhere from 15 years to 28 years.

All the articles are under copyright so I have not included the images in this post. Here is the chronology of the articles I’ve collected so far:

  • Monday, August 10, 1908, Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA), pg. 1
  • Wednesday, February 24, 1909, Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), Vol. 160, Issue 55, pg. 3
  • Thursday, February 25, 1909, Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA), pg. 8
  • Thursday, Feb 25, 1909, Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Williamsport, Pennsylvania), pg. 4
  • Tuesday, March 2, 1909, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX), Vol. XXVII, Issue 46 pg. 8
  • Thursday, August 5, 1909, Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), pg. 3
  • Thursday, May 19, 1910, Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), Vol. 162, Issue 139, pg. 3

Sadly, William had only nineteen years of connubial bliss as he died at the age of 59 on 2 March 1929.  He is buried in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pa.

 

 

Week 13 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #12 – Eileen Anna Lorraine Gunther Noble (1897 – 1977), The Name’s the Same!

Posted on March 30, 2015 in 52 Ancestors
L. to R., Marguerite Noble Furlani, Eileen Furlani, and Lorraine Gunther Noble

L. to R., Marguerite Noble Furlani, Eileen Furlani, and Lorraine Gunther Noble

My mother had always said I was named after both my grandmothers.  My name is Eileen Ann.  I knew my Dad’s mother was named Anna, so I concurred with that but my mother’s mother was named Lorraine and that always puzzled me.

When I started my research into this family I discovered to my surprise I really was named for her.  I found my grandmother in the 1900 US census as Ilene Gunther.  In her application for Social Security, she entered her name as Lorraine Noble but in the block where it requests your full name given at birth, she wrote Eileen Anna Lorraine Gunther.

I found out the story from my aunt.  Apparently the family wanted to name her Lorraine but it got confused somehow and turned out Eileen.  My grandmother went by Ilene until she married—from then on she went by Lorraine.

My grandmother, Eileen Anna Lorraine Gunther, the daughter of Andrew [Andreas] Gunther and Mary Eva (Meisberger) Gunther, was born on 9 October 1897 in Johnson City (aka Brady and Ranshaw), Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Photo of Lorraine Noble, date unknown, location unknown

Photo of Lorraine Noble, date unknown, location unknown

Lorraine married William J. Noble on 29 June 1917 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland. Elkton is the Gretna Green for folks in eastern Pennsylvania, although it would have been quite a trip for someone from Northumberland County. My grandmother was only 19 years old so this is probably the reason for eloping to Elkton.

William and Lorraine had three children, Marguerite Furlani (1918 – 1985), William (1923 – 1999), and Lorraine Suder (1931 – pres.). All of the children were born in Ranshaw. In the 1920 US census, Lorraine is living in her father’s household with her eldest daughter, my mother, Marguerite, who was 1 ½ years old. I have not been able to find William in the 1920 US census so far. This is a little mystery I have been trying to solve for years.

In 1941, they moved from Coal Township to 5134 Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pa. I remember living there with my mother while my father was in the Army. It was during our stay here that my grandfather died.

My grandfather, William, died in 10 September 1945 and a short time after, my grandmother went to live with her son, William, where she lived until her death in 1977. She had broken her arm so the doctor put her in a nursing home in Feasterville, Bucks County, Pa. to recover. It is there that she died on 21 March 1977 at the age of 79. According to her death certificate, she was buried in St. Dominic’s cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa., on 24 March 1977. She is greatly missed.

 

 

Week 12 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 12 – My Strausser Project, Sharing Research and Reviewing Research Travel Options

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Genealogy Do-Over

I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls.

My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser; trace Peter Strausser and his known descendants in the hopes of finding some living descendants who may be able to provide me with some knowledge of this family; and determine the parents of Peter Strausser.

Our topics for Week 12 of the Genealogy Do-Over

Sharing Research

Modified Participant Options: If you have the time (and the energy) and you are correcting your research, consider doing the same for any online trees or messages or other information you’ve shared with others.

In his Week 12 Genealogy Do-Over post, Thomas MacEntee shared the “Do’s and Don’ts of Collaborating and Sharing.”  I particularly like the tip about tracking my work using Google Alerts. I had not thought of this trick before. Thank you, Thomas.

What I Plan to Do: I don’t think I have any trees online but when time permits, I will go through all my material to see what I may have shared online that does not have attribution.  I do have attribution for all the facts/events in my database and can provide this attribution if requested.

Reviewing Research Travel Options

Modified Participant Options: Although you’re “reviewing” your previous genealogy research, there should be no need to retrace your steps and revisit old research locations . . . unless you believe you’ll locate new items and make progress. Consider trying a sponsored research trip or heading out to a new locale!

At this point in time, I don’t know if I will need a research trip to locate new items or if I will be able to handle this research online or by mail. I have taken two genealogy cruises and they really are a wonderful way to acquire some genealogy education. I am working with my local society to sponsor a research trip to our state archives in 2015/6.

What I Plan to Do:  I do plan to take a trip in the fall to a cemetery in Northumberland County, PA to view the tombstone of my 2nd great-grandfather, Edward Noble.  This is the stone on which the only two words that are illegible are his town and parish. I only know that they are in County Mayo. The photos provided on Find A Grave cannot be enlarged without pixelating. I don’t know if I will be able to do any better but I plan to give it a try.

It is hard to believe our Do-Over journey is almost finished. There is only one more week to go. Reluctantly, looking forward to next week…

 

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The Genealogy Do-Over journey is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers. Week 12 (20 March – 27 March 2015) #WK12GenealogyDoOver

 

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Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded and Updated

Posted on March 25, 2015 in Genealogy Mysteries

 

In 2012, I published my first post titled Genealogy Mysteries.  This post can be found at Genealogy Mysteries. It provided a summary of the genealogy mysteries I discovered at that time.  In 2014, I published my expanded update, which can be found at Genealogy Mysteries Expanded.

Since then, I have updated the list to add new books, authors, and series in this sub-genre.

The Lost AncestorSo far, I’ve read all of these books.  All were enjoyable.   A new series starring Morton Farrier are page turners, illuminating for us the world of the forensic genealogist.  Vying with the Morton Farrier series is Jefferson Tayte, also one of the newer series by British author, Steve Robinson.  This series features an American professional genealogist, who seems to do most of his work in the UK.  To me, this series most closely emulates many of our real life dilemmas in the field of genealogy.  I am anxiously awaiting the fifth book, which I believe we can expect sometime this year.

So for those of you who also enjoy genealogy and reading mysteries, I would like to share these books and including my most recent discoveries:

The Nick Herald series by Jimmy Fox features a professional genealogist in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Nick Herald series is excellent. I wish there were more.

  • Deadly Pedigree (2001) – Kindle
  • Lineages and Lies (2002) – Kindle
  • Jackpot Blood (2014) – Kindle

The Danny O’Flaherty series by Jonathan Harrington stars an American teacher researching his family’s roots in Ireland and New York City.

  • The Death of Cousin Rose (1996) – Paperback
  • The Second Sorrowful Mystery (1999) – Paperback
  • A Great Day for Dying (2001) – Paperback

The Lottie Albright series by Charlotte Hinger features a historian and editor for the county historical society in a small town in Western Kansas.

  • Deadly Descent (2009) – Kindle
  • Lethal Lineage (2011) – Kindle
  • Hidden Heritage (2013) – Kindle

The Demary Jones series by E. L. Larkin (dec’d) is set in Seattle, Washington, with Demary as the owner of Confidential Research, specializing in genealogy and historical research.

  • Hear My Cry (1997) – Hardcover
  • Hear Me Die (1998) – Paperback
  • Die and Die (1998) – Paperback
  • Dead Men Die (1999) – Paperback
  • The Swallow Murders (1999) – Hardcover
  • Die in Texas (2002) – Hardcover

Victory (Torie) O’Shea, a genealogist in New Kassel, Missouri, is ably portrayed in a series by Rett MacPherson.

  • Family Skeletons (1997) – Kindle
  • A Veiled Antiquity (1998) – Kindle
  • A Comedy of Heirs (1999) – Kindle
  • A Misty Mourning (2000) – Kindle
  • Killing Cousins (2002) – Kindle
  • Blood Relations (2003) – Kindle
  • In Sheep’s Clothing (2004) – Kindle
  • Thicker Than Water (2005) – Kindle
  • Dead Man Running (2006) – Kindle
  • Died in the Wool (2007) – Kindle
  • The Blood Ballad (2008) – Kindle

Natasha Blake, a genealogist in the Cotswolds in England appears in the series by Fiona Mountain.

  • Pale as the Dead (2004) – Kindle
  • Bloodline (2004) – Paperback

Fay Sampson is the author of the Suzie Fewings books a series about a genealogist discovering interesting secrets in her family history in England.

  • In the Blood (2011) – Paperback
  • Those in Peril (2011) – Paperback
  • A Malignant House (2012) – Paperback
  • Father Unknown (2012) – Kindle
  • The Overlooker (2013) – Kindle
  • Beneath the Soil (2014) – Kindle

The Family Tree mysteries by Patricia Sprinkle feature Katherine Murray as an amateur genealogist who finds strange events in the past.

  • Death on the Family Tree (2006) – Kindle
  • Sins of the Fathers (2007) – Paperback (Kindle version not available in US)
  • Daughter of Deceit (2009) – Kindle

Mort Sinclair, a respected genealogist and lawyer on Fogge Island off the New England coast, stars in a series by Gene Stratton.  Gene Stratton, a much-traveled former CIA case officer, is a well-known genealogist who has had three prior books published: Plymouth Colony, Applied Genealogy, and Killing Cousins, the first Mort Sinclair mystery.

  • Killing Cousins (1999) – Hardcover
  • Cornish Conundrum (2000) – Paperback

The Nigel Barnes series by Dan Waddell concerns a professional genealogist who assists the police, mainly Detective Chief Inspector Grant Foster in London, England.

  • The Blood Detective (2008) – Kindle
  • Blood Atonement (2009) – Kindle

The Jefferson Tayte mysteries by Steve Robinson feature a professional genealogist who ferrets out family secrets and old mysteries using genealogy research primarily in the UK.  This series is a page-turner and keeps getting better and better. Can’t wait for the next one later this year.

  • In the Blood (2011) – Kindle
  • To the Grave (2012) – Kindle
  • The Last Queen of England (2012) – Kindle
  • The Lost Empress (Oct 2014) – Kindle

Patrick Day’s new series starring Anna Fitzgerald, a career detective with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division, who becomes entangled with genealogy to trace old coins in this first book of the series.

  • Murders and Genealogy in Hennepin County (2012) – Kindle

Simon Shaw, professor of history and “forensic historian” in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a series by Sarah R. Shaber, uses his expertise historical and genealogical research to help solve murders that have their roots in the past.

  • Simon Said (1997) – Kindle
  • Snipe Hunt (2000) – Kindle
  • The Fugitive King (2002) – Kindle
  • The Bug Funeral (2004) – Kindle
  • Shell Game (2007) – Kindle

The Alex & Briggie mysteries by G. G. Vandagriff, team up a spunky young widow and her rifle-toting grandmother, who run a genealogy research business called RootSearch, Inc. that seems to specialize in solving murders instead of genealogy secrets or maybe both.

  • Cankered Roots (2011) – Kindle
  • Of Deadly Descent (2011) – Kindle
  • Tangled Roots (2011) – Kindle
  • Poisoned Pedigree (2012) – Kindle
  • The Hidden Branch (2011) – Kindle

In the Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist series by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, we discover a stubborn, determined man who uses whatever means necessary to uncover the past.  Great start of a new series.  I am anxiously awaiting the next Morton Farrier.

  • Hiding the Past (2013) – Kindle
  • The Lost Ancestor (2014) – Kindle
  • The Orange Lilies: A Morton Farrier novella (2014) – Kindle

Thomas McKerley and Ingrid Schippers in their first genealogy mystery introduce Cathy Macpherson, who uncovers her own and her husband’s past.  Hope this becomes a series.

  • Bloodlines – Touch Not the Cat (2012) – Kindle

The books by John Nixon star family historian, Madeleine Porter.  While not mysteries as we think of them, they take us through the experiences of our amateur “detective” unraveling the “mysteries” that surround them. I hope we’ll see more from this author.

  • Family Shadows (2014) – Kindle
  • The Cuckoo Clock (2014) – Kindle
  • Stolen Futures (2014) – Kindle
  • Another Summer (2014) – Kindle

This book by Stephen Molineux stars Peter Sefton, amateur family historian. Not quite a mystery but certainly a detective story.

  • The Marriage Certificate (2013) – Kindle

All of the books mentioned here can be found at Amazon.com.

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Genealogy Do-Over Week 11 – My Strausser Project, Reviewing Social Media Options and Building a Research Network

Posted on March 19, 2015 in Genealogy Do-Over

I am following the Modified Participant Options for the Genealogy Do-Over journey. I will be doing over my research for my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Strausser, and his family in the hopes of knocking down a couple of brick walls.

My research goals are: firm up my documentation to form a sound proof argument that Mary Catherine Strausser is the daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser; trace Peter Strausser and his known descendants in the hopes of finding some living descendants who may be able to provide me with some knowledge of this family; and determine the parents of Peter Strausser.

Our topics for Week 11 of the Genealogy Do-Over

Reviewing Social Media Options

Currently Using Social Media: Challenge yourself to look at other platforms besides the ones you are currently using.

Thomas MacEntee provided some excellent resources for social media and I have added them to the Social Media folder of my Genealogy Research Toolbox.  I currently use Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and, to a limited degree, Twitter. I have an account at Pinterest but haven’t really done much with it. I have been hesitant in exploring the use of social media much further because of the difficulty of managing my time.  If Pinterest is the #3 source for website traffic after Google and Facebook, I will take a closer look at this site with the goal of incorporating it into my social media.

Building a Research Network

What I Plan to Do: I started building my research network back in 2008, when I started working toward my certificate in American Records at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (NIGS).  The chat groups were fantastic. I added mailing lists, local societies, social media groups, conferences and other educational networks, like ProGen. I plan to continue to expand my network in this very sharing community by responding whenever I can to help others and supporting to the best of my abilities my research network.

Looking forward to next week…

 

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The Genealogy Do-Over journey is a 13 week challenge from Thomas MacEntee, of GeneaBloggers. Week 11 (13 March – 19 March 2015) #WK11GenealogyDoOver

 

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52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #11 – Rose Ann Breslin (1867 – 1945) Tombstone Tuesday

Posted on March 17, 2015 in 52 Ancestors, Family History
Headstone of Michael J. and Rose Ann (Noble) Breslin

Headstone of Michael J. and Rose Ann (Noble) Breslin

My 2nd great-aunt, Rose Ann (Noble) Breslin, was the first child of Edward and Mary (Devine) Noble to be born in America and—wait for it—she was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1867 in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Rose Ann married Michael Breslin around1887 since the 1900 US census shows them as married thirteen years. At that time, she has had seven children of which five were still living and at home. Prior to her marriage, we can find her in her father’s household in 1870 and with her widowed mother in 1880.

Rose Ann and Michael had twelve children altogether of which nine survived. Their children were Mary born Jan 1888, Florence born Jul 1890, Lillian born Mar 1893, Anna born Sep 1897, Edward born Sep 1899, Michael J. born abt. 1902, Ruth E. born abt. 1906, Margaret born abt. 1908 and Wilbert C. (aka Charles W.) born abt. 1910.

Yesterday, Ancestry.com released Pennsylvania Birth Certificates for 1906 – 1908. Searching this new database, I was able to find a birth certificate for Margaret–she was born 7 February 1908. According to Margaret’s birth certificate, she was Rose Ann’s eleventh child. The certificate also stated that only eight were living.  The 1910 US census states that Rose had twelve children of which nine are still living. Her last child, Wilbert, was five months which places his birth around November 1909 calculated from the census date of 16 April 1910.

According to her death certificate, Rose Ann (Noble) Breslin died a widow on 4 December 1945 in Locust Gap, Mt. Carmel Township, Northumberland Co., PA. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael J. Breslin, Sr., who died on 10 April 1944. Both are buried in St. Mary’s cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

 

Week 11 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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